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Friedreich's ataxia

noun Fried·reich's ataxia \ ˈfrēd-rīks-, ˈfrēt-rīḵs- \

medical Definition of Friedreich's ataxia

: a recessive hereditary degenerative disease affecting the spinal column, cerebellum, and medulla, marked by muscular incoordination and twitching, and usually becoming manifest in the adult

Biographical Note for friedreich's ataxia

  • Friedreich play \ˈfrēt-rīḵ\, Nikolaus (1825–1882), German neurologist. Friedreich undertook research on muscle atrophy, muscle hypertrophy, and heart disease. He is known for two original descriptions: the condition now known as Friedreich's ataxia in 1863 and paramyoclonus multiplex in 1881.

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